We are sure that more than once, whether for work or fun, you have needed to record what you were watching on your computer screen, that streaming movie, a working video call or a tutorial of your favorite game for a friend. There are many options, with several payment, s, but for what to pay if you can get some of the best free screen recorders. We show you the best here.
OBS Studio (Windows, Mac, Linux)
As a good open source project with a lot of work behind it, OBS Studio is packed with features: you can customize audio and video recording in real time with highly detailed options for editing and mixing, making the software ideal for creating very professional productions. The modular user interface allows you to concentrate on the tools you use the most while you incorporate video or audio from multiple sources to work, and the studio mode allows you to see everything before publishing videos.
It is an excellent choice for the most demanding projects, but if you have not worked much with the video editing software in the past, OBS can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to learning and it may take some time to master it. You may also have to do a little research to find the right accessories for your specific needs, which will take you even longer. For simple projects, a simpler tool may be a better option.
Bandicam Free (Windows)
The elegant Bandicam application allows quick screen recording with easy-to-use professional features. This includes the selection of the screen to record, draw in real time during recording, use the microphone in real time to record and overlays webcam. You can even add your own logo to the video and, if you wish, add a series of sounds using the mouse. There are also many configuration options to record from various devices, certain modes or for certain types of games.
However, it is important to note that the free version of Bandicam, although quite versatile, adds a watermark to all your recordings. To get rid of the watermark, you will have to pay the total price of $ 40 dollars to buy the application.
Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder (web)
Apowersoft's free solution for screen recording is unique: a web-based application that allows you to instantly start recording whatever you want. You can optionally download the application, but the web version is particularly useful for those who need quick results for a particular project and do not want to install another application on their computer.
That makes this software seem simple, and in a sense it is: you choose the type of video you want to record, the area of the screen and voila. But it also offers options to export in a variety of formats, including GIF, and the capture function is versatile enough to add your webcam, capture any audio source you want and edit the screencast in real time. You may be so impressed with the performance that you will never need another capture application again.
ScreenRec (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Do you need to make screen recordings but in your work? ScreenRec is an application designed specifically for companies with generalized screen recording needs. Quickly record and save videos to a designated cloud-protected account with encryption. The user interface is simple but well designed for presentations and tutorials. File management focuses on organizing and sharing large amounts of videos at once.
It also has an excellent control panel to see who have seen the videos, between clients and colleagues. The only drawback for companies is that you may need to improve your subscription to pay more than the 2 GB of free cloud storage you get through the Screenrec system.
FlashBack Express (Windows)
FlashBack Express is a simple and free application that allows you to record video and audio, capture images from web cameras and add comments through text, images or effects. This application also earns many points for not having limits on recording times or including watermarks. Uploading to YouTube is easy, but your export options are limited to MP4, AVI and WMV with the free version.
* Updated by Jos Luis Plascencia on February 26, 2020.